October 1


Inspired by Russian literary works and legend, Mussorgsky composed a “musical picture,” [portraying the] Witches’ Sabbath . . . on St. John’s Eve. (23 June)

Source: Wikipedia

Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky, as transfigured in Walt Disney’s 1940 masterpiece, Fantasia.

Tonight’s full moon is the Harvest Moon – first full moon after the autumnal equinox (September 22, 2020), and thus, not a “fixed” name moon like those associated with other months, occurring in September (Corn) or October (Hunter’s)

terrifying trivia

The first full moon on or before October 31st is the Witches moon. This night is when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest and you can receive prophecy if you are of a lineaged bloodline. If you live in a place or area that is haunted, or if you work in a place where someone has passed, if a ghost wants to materialize, this night will be when it will happen.

Source: Farmer’s Almanac on line

(Note: two full moons in October; the second, falling on October 31st, is the Hunter’s Moon/Blue Moon. More on that “blue moon” event as the month and the moonlight unspool. Plenty to howl about this month, “my lovelies.”1)

1 Although I couldn’t find the exact quote from film or folk lore, it seems that most folks think wicked witches tend to refer to their captives as “my lovelies,” whether the capture is by kidnapping, spell-binding, or just plain story telling.

bedtime story

Cosmopolitan: 24 Witch Books That Belong on Your Shelf: they will put a spell on you

Good Reads: Witches Fiction Books (176 selections!!!!)

Ami McKay, The Witches of New York (Her earlier books, The Birth House and The Virgin Cure are great, too. On my 2019 reading (devouring) list.)

may your night give you something to howl about

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